My Mum and I have just returned from a relaxing 1 week stay at the Villa Durrueli in Ischia. Well placed for both the 'Ponte' (Castello Aragonese) and the 'Porto' (Port with excellent high end shopping street), the Hotel is in a residential area. Cutting through the pleasant park at the side of the hotel cuts out about 10 minutes to the Porto (unless you get lost like we did!) so ask Reception which path to take through the park.
We stayed on a half board basis and the food quality was excellent, especially the Antipasti buffet. Secondo was not the biggest portion, however you will certainly not go hungry! Breakfast was nice too with a good selection of the normal continental fare plus scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.
The Hotel were quick to respond to any e-mails prior to arrival and were also good enough to give us a quiet room off Reception (214). The restaurant was outside (covered) but adjacent to some of the rooms and I particularly didnt want to be overlooking the restaurant as I understood from other reviews that early morning set up of the restaurant was noisy. Our room was perfect for us as Mum has some mobilty problems and we had a little terrace area with a table and chairs. Whilst this was a basic room booked through Thomsons, it was ample for our needs and immaculately clean.
Went on a couple of trips through Thomsons, the Island Tour and La Mortella Gardens, the gardens of the late Sir William Walton, as featured on Monty Don's recent TV series on Italian Gardens. Also visted the Castello Arangonese on our own, well worth the 10 Euro entrance with a couple of nice cafes where you can have lunch. (the Lower cafe (near the lift) seems to be cheaper than the one at the top, so do your visit of the Castle and stop for lunch before you go). Mina the Thomsons rep helped make our holiday, looking after my Mum from the minute we stepped off the ferry, she is really passionate about her Island and very warm and caring with her Customers.
It was a bit of a trek over to Ishia, (left my house at 9am, got to Hotel at 9pm) however it is very beautful and very Italian in comparison to Sorrento. Well worth the effort in our opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to La Mandra Beach and the ancient fishing village of Ischia Ponte, Hotel Villa Durrueli Resort offers a thermal swimming pool and a spa center. The grounds are full of exotic plants and flowers. The Resort overlooks the pine forest and has a fantastic view of Ischia's Castello Aragonese. Guests can relax on the sun terrace, take a dip in the large, thermal pool or in one of the smaller pools with hydro-massage and aromatherapy. Rooms are complete with all modern comforts, including free high-speed Internet access and wifi. Some rooms have a balcony or furnished terrace and an LCD TV. The spa center was opened in 2007 and includes an indoor pool, Turkish bath, and a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Meals at Villa Durrueli's restaurant are often accompanied by music from the piano. The dining menu includes fresh fish dishes, local specialties and a generous buffet of starters and vegetables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Durrueli Hotel Ischia
- Durrueli Hotel Ischia